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Through the stories of two women dogged by their own shameful past, Purge deals with a chapter in Estonia's history which is on the verge of being forgotten or denied: the Soviet annexation of the country after World War II, and its accompanying effects of rape, torture, deportation and murder. The play is set in 1992, only three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and one year following Estonia's independence. When Aliide Truu, an older woman living alone in the Estonian countryside, opens her door to Zara, a young sex-trafficking victim on the run from her captors, she sets the stage for the re-opening of old wounds from the worst years of Estonia's Soviet occupation. A photo Zara carries soon makes it clear that her arrival at Aliide's home is no coincidence. Both survivors, the women engage in a complex arithmetic of suspicion and revelation to distill each other's motives. What emerges is a powerful and suspenseful family drama of rivalry, lust, betrayal and loss. A powerful and suspenseful tale about the corrosive effects of shame, Purge captures a world in which the personal and State violence trade images - a world in which people are forced to make impossible choices and survive only to find new abusers taking the place of old ones.

Show Details

  • Dates:Closed on
  • Location:La MaMa E.T.C. First Floor Theater, Off-Off-Broadway